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Ovalware vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Ovalware cold brew coffee maker vs Toddy Cold Brew System. The choice between a straight-up cold brew coffee and a full-strength concentrate.

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Ovalware Cold Brew

Toddy Cold Brew

Ovalware vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

8.5
Overall Score
9.2
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)7.8
  • Design (15%)9.0
  • Ease of Use (35%)9.3
  • Brew Quality (50%)10
  • Design (15%)9.4
  • Ease of Use (35%)8.0

The choice between the Toddy and the Ovalware cold brew coffee maker is a choice between a genuine cold brew coffee concentrate and a regular brew. Both are excellent products although the brewing techniques used and the outcomes are very different.

The Toddy is a free-style brewing system that is geared towards brewing relatively large batches of cold brew concentrate to a ratio of 1:4.6 grounds to water. If you don’t require a large amount of coffee or a full-strength concentrate, the Ovalware will get you 30 fl. oz. of cold brew coffee that you can more or less drink straight up.

Both brewers are versatile in their own way. The Ovalware being constructed from glass and stainless steel is perfectly suited to hot brewing coffee, tea, or any other kind of beverage while the Toddy can be used for cold brewing tea with one of its included paper brew bags.

Pros & Cons

  • Brew quality
  • Brew markers in cups and ml
  • Silicone base pad
  • Comfortable handle
  • Ease of brewing
  • Minimal parts
  • No over-packaging
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Ergonomic components
  • Attractive carafe
  • Included paper filter bags
  • Cold or hot brewing
  • Quality and fit of silicone seals
  • Additional decanting
  • Narrow head for cleaning
  • Felt filter tends to clog
  • No brew vessel markings

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8 x 5.4 inches
8.7 x 7.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
HDPE plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Base plug filter
Filter HxDia
6.9 x 2.7 inches
0.2 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1 lbs
1.4 oz

Where to Buy?

Price at publication
$31.61
$39.62

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
10

Bouquet

7.5
10

Brinkability

8.0
10
The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker with a freshly produced cold brew and an empty glass to the left.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
The Toddy System carafe filled with fresh cold-brewed coffee. The carafe is pictured next to the carafe stopper and a glass.

Sediment

7.5
10
A view of sediment left behind after all coffee has been carefully decanted from a typical cold brew coffee maker.
A close up of sediment left behind in a glass carafe after all the cold-brewed coffee has carefully been decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
9.4

In The Box

The unboxed contents of the Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker: the box, the glass carafe with the filter, and user manual.
The unboxed contents of the Toddy Cold Brew System. Pictured is the brew vessel, glass carafe, and filtration system.

Decanter

Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker empty glass carafe with no filter and the stopper resting to the right on the countertop.
The glass carafe of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter with the carafe lid to one side.
Height with Stopper Lid
8
8.7
Base Diameter
4.7
5.1
Width
5.5" (14.0 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
17.3 oz (490 g)
1.4 oz (40 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
borosilicate glass

Stopperor Lid

9.0
10
The stainless steel stopper with a rubber silicone ring resting on its side on a wooden countertop.
Diameter
3
3.5 in (90 mm)
Material
stainless steel
low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Additional Features
silicone seal
N/A

Filter

9.0
9.0
A typical stainless steel immersion filter used in a cold brew coffee maker or tea infuser.
Toddy System Filter
Length
6.9" (17.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
2.7
2.7 in (70 mm)
Material
lasered stainless steel
felt filter x 2
Additional Features
silicone seal
3 paper brew bags

Build Quality

9.0
9.5
The Ovalware JR3 cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 6 parts in total.
From left to right: The brew vessel, glass carafe, and silicone stopper of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.3
8.0

Brewing

10
8.0
The Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker set up to brew with the filter on a scale and a carafe of filtered to the far right.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
The Toddy Cold System brew vessel filled with coffee grounds and water pictured next to its packaging box.

Decanting

9.0
7.5

Cleaningand Storage

8.5
9.0
A top down view of how the Toddy Cold Brew System neatly packages away for convenient storage.

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